ACBF Honors Excellence

Champion Award

Brew Brothers win Champion AwardEach year the ACBF also selects a recipient for our Champion Award. This award honors an individual or organization that has provided extraordinary support of the ACBF and /or has made a significant contribution to the Colorado brewing industry.

Brews Brothers of the Pikes Peak Region Named 2018 Champion Award Winner

The 2018 Champion Award winner is the Brews Brothers of the Pikes Peak Region. The Brews Brothers have operated the judging event at the All Colorado Beer Festival for seven years. This part of the festival offers brewers a chance to have their beers judged by professional beer judges at no cost. Thank you Brews Brothers for your support of the ACBF.


Each year, the ACBF conducts a formal judging of beers submitted by our brewers. In 2018, we judged 14 categories and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. We also awarded a best of show medal.

2018 Medal Winners

(Download PDF of winners.)

Best of Show: Oskar Blues Brewery — G’Knight Imperial Red Ale

OB wins best of show

English Pale & Brown Ales and Porters 


  • Gold: Resolute Brewing Co. — Resolute Porter
  • Silver: Iron Bird Brewing Co. — Brown Badger ESB
  • Bronze: Brass Brewing — Sick Call Ranger ESB


  • Gold: Tivoli Brewing Co. — Bohemian Girl Pilsner
  • Silver: Durango Brewing Co. — Durango Dark Lager
  • Bronze: Durango Brewing Co. — Durango Southwest Lager

Bocks, Scottish & Irish Ales

  • Gold: AC Golden Brewing Co. — Colorado Native Winterfest
  • Silver: Goat Patch Brewing Co. — It Takes A Tribe Red Ale
  • Bronze: Florence Brewing Co. — Ye’ Old Irish

Hybrid, German Wheat & Rye Beers

  • Gold: Great Divide Brewing Co. — Samurai Rice Ale
  • Silver: Nano 108 Brewing Co. — American Wheat with Mosaic Hops
  • Bronze: Colrado Mountain Brewery — Unibrau Hefe

American Ales

  • Gold: Blue Spruce Brewing Co. — Millenial Marmot Brown Ale
  • Silver: Something Brewery — Maximum Effort Pale Ale
  • Bronze: Ska Brewing — Euphoria Pale Ale


  • Gold: Odell Brewing Co. — Jolly Russian
  • Silver: Red Leg Brewing Co. — Devil Dog Stout
  • Bronze: Colorado Plus Brew Pub — Milk & Cookies

IPAs: English, American & Double

  • Gold: Smiling Toad — IPA Freely
  • Silver: 38 State Brewing Co. — 38 State IPA
  • Bronze: Great Divide Brewing Co. — Heyday Modern IPA

Specialty IPAs

  • Gold: Oskar Blues Brewery — G’Knight Imperial Red IPA
  • Silver: Smiling Toad Brewery — Commando Queen
  • Bronze: Colorado Boy — Rypl
  • Honorable Mention: River North Brewery — River North Mountain Haze

Belgian & French Beers

  • Gold: Durango Brewing Co. — Derail Ale
  • Silver: River North Brewery — River North White
  • Bronze: Chain Reaction Brewing Co. — Pink Peppercorn Saison

European Sour / American Wild Ales

  • Gold: Fossil Craft Beer Co. — Chardon-Yea!
  • Silver: Storybook Brewing Co. — Pinky the Raspberry Gose
  • Bronze: Local Relic — Chile Wheat Sour
  • Honorable Mention: Fossil Craft Beer Co. — Like Like

Fruit Beers

  • Gold: Verboten Brewing Co. — Roll In Ze Watermelons
  • Silver: None awarded
  • Bronze: Colorado Mountain Brewery — Cinnamon Apple Saison

Smoke & Wood-Aged Beers

  • Gold: River North Brewery — Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel
  • Silver: Elevation Beer Co. — False Summit
  • Bronze: Halfpenny Brewing Co. — Smokey the Bear

Specialty Beers

  • Gold: Something Brewery — Paranormal Pucker
  • Silver: None awarded
  • Bronze: None awarded

Spiced Beers

  • Gold: Launch Pad Brewery — Pumpkin Paddy
  • Silver: Peaks N Pines Brewery — Ohana Nut Ale
  • Bronze: Soulcraft Brewing Co. — Green Chile Ale
  • Honorable Mention: Pikes Peak Brewing Co. — Hot Shot


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